I had just been running along a sandy beach and then dived straight into the ocean pool. It was an experience that was quintessentially Australian. Something that I could never do back home.
In the UK I don't live near the coast, the majority of our beaches are pebbly and the weather too inclement to be diving into the ocean on spring days. It certainly was a top Aussie experience.
Why was I in Cronulla's Oak Park ocean pool? When I ran the Sutherland half marathon back in August I was lucky enough to win a pair of shoes from a run shop in Cronulla. The voucher expires on 1st December, so a group of us from the run club headed down on Saturday so I could collect my shoes.
After our swim we popped across the road to The Nuns' Pool café. I couldn't face putting my wet and sandy trainers back on when I got out of the pool. I headed to the café bare foot. It would never be allowed in the UK, but you can get away with such antics in Australia's beach side joints.
The bright and open space had clean white walls and large open windows facing the water. The compact menu had lots of appealing choices. I decided on the scrambled eggs and bacon which came served on sourdough with roasted tomatoes. The eggs were light and creamy, not dissimilar to Bills. High praise indeed. Despite the bacon being attractively charred it could have done with a bit more flavour for my liking. They could learn a thing or two from Revolver's delicious sumac cured bacon.
The Nuns' Pool wouldn't be out of place in one of Sydney's smart suburbs. Next time I'm back on Cronulla I know where I'll be going.
The Nuns Pool
103 Ewos Parade